232. Fool’s Way


Advice to a fool is a fool’s errand. I’m a teacher, so giv­ing advice is both a habit and an occu­pa­tional haz­ard. It’s a haz­ard not only because the wrong advice ric­o­chets. It is remark­able in ret­ro­spect how often my advice has not been wrong, and some­times that was down­right dan­ger­ous. The biggest risk is good advice which is resented. Every­one loves a slacker who can be ribbed (no ego risk there), but the blow­back on a schmuck who turns out to be right can be fierce.

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